Zebra Coalition, Orlando Fringe Festival receive grants from Disney

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Orlando Fringe Executive Director George Wallace and President Joyce Arbucias accept a 2015 grant from Disney.

Orlando Fringe Executive Director George Wallace and President Joyce Arbucias accept a 2015 grant from Disney.

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. – The Zebra Coalition and the Orlando International Fringe Festival were both presented with a grant from Walt Disney World Resorts allowing them to continue to positively affect families and children in Orlando.

They gavea total of $4.5 million worth of grants to 102 organizations in Central Florida at a ceremony held at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on March 30.

“Today’s Disney Grant recipients work tirelessly to build a better future for Central Florida and share Disney’s values of investing in children and families,” President of Walt Disney World Resort George A. Kalogridissaid in a press release.

The grants are awarded to local organizations that help build the community’scharacter, creativity and promote economic development throughout Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake and Polk counties. The Zebra Foundation for Youth, which funds Zebra Coalition, received $20,000, and Orlando Fringe received $5,000.

Zebra Foundation for Youth Board Chairman Scott Bowman and Zebra Coalition Director Dexter Foxworth receive a 2015 Disney grant.

Zebra Foundation for Youth Board Chairman Scott Bowman and Zebra Coalition Director Dexter Foxworth receive a 2015 Disney grant.

“Support from Walt Disney World Resort allows the Zebra Coalition to provide hands on activities and workshops to youth in our community that supports self-development and self-improvement while creatively exploring and understanding others,” Zebra Coalition Director Dexter Foxworth said in a press release.

The funding received by the Disney Grants will help Zebra Coalition provide programming that will foster LGBT+ youth in achieving academic success, reducing high-risk behavior, and providing a safe environment for youth to live and work in on a daily basis.

Orlando Fringe Executive Director George Wallace said Orlando Fringe plans on using the received funds for general operating of the event.

Other local orgnaizations who received grants include:

A Gift For Teaching
Adult Literacy League
American Red Cross Mid-Florida Region
Best Buddies
BETA Center
Bethune Cookman University
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida
Boys & Girls Clubs of Lake and Sumter Counties
Camp Boggy Creek
Celebration Foundation
Central Florida Urban League
Central Florida YMCA
Children’s Advocacy Center for Osceola County, Inc.
Children’s Home Society of Florida
Children’s Home Society Polk County
Clean the World
Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida
Community Coordinated Care for Children
Community Food & Outreach
Community Foundation of South Lake
Community Hope Center
Covenant House
Dali Museum
Devereux: 2015 recipient of City of Orlando Mayor’s Matching Grant
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Downtown Arts District
Early Learning Coalition of Lake County
Early Learning Coalition of Orange County
Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County
Early Learning Coalition of Polk County
Early Learning Coalition of Seminole County
Enzian
Explorations V Children’s Museum
FAMU School of Business
FIRST Robotics
Florida Citrus Sports
Florida Hospital Foundation
Garden Theatre
Girl Scouts of Citrus Council
Girls, Inc. of Lakeland
Give Kids the World
Harbor House
Heart of Florida United Way
Heavenly Hooves
Helping Others Make the Effort
Hispanic Business Initiative Fund
Hispanic Scholarship Fund of Metro Orlando
Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center
Hope CommUnity Center
HOPE Helps
Howard Phillips Center for Children and Families
IDignity
Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando
Junior Achievement of Central Florida
Kids House of Seminole
Lake County Schools
Lake Sumter Children’s Advocacy Center
Learning Resource Center of Polk County
Lighthouse of Central Florida
Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida
Mustard Seed of Central Florida
NAACP
National Council on Independent Living ADA Legacy Tour
Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation
Nemours Children’s Hospital
New Beginnings of Lake County
New Hope for Kids
New Vision for Independence
Orange County Library System
Orange County Public Schools
Orange County Regional History Center
Orlando Ballet
Orlando Health Foundation
Orlando Museum of Art
Orlando Neighborhood Improvement Corporation, Inc.
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
Orlando Repertory Theatre
Orlando Science Center
Osceola Arts
Osceola Council on Aging
Polk County Public Schools
Quest, Inc.
Rescue Outreach Mission
Rollins College
Salvation Army Orlando Area Command
School District of Osceola County
Second Harvest Food Bank
Seminole County Public Schools
Special Olympics
STEM Alliance
Steinway Society of Central Florida
Sunshine Foundation
Tee-Lo Golf: recipient of 2015 Orange County Youth Sports Enhancement Grant
UCP of Central Florida
United Arts of Central Florida
United Negro College Fund
University of Central Florida Foundation
Urban Think Foundation
100 Black Men of America – Central Florida Chapter

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